One of the best things about our city is all of the great activities for families. If you’re looking for some fun events and activities in Saint Louis to plan a Staycation or Vacation here’s your guide!
St. Louis Zoo
Admission to the St. Louis Zoo is always free, but each day during the summer from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m., the Children’s Zoo, the Conservation Carousel, the Stingrays at Caribbean Cove and other special exhibits are also free. The Children’s Zoo has an outdoor playground with slides, bridges and rope ladders. Kids can also get an up-close look at bunnies, guinea pigs and other animals.
Monday-Thursday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. except major holidays and Zoo special event days.
Friday-Sunday: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. for Prairie Farms Dairy Summer Zoo Weekends
Mondays, May 27 & September 2: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. for Prairie Farms Dairy Summer Zoo Weekends
The Zoo will close at noon on Friday, June 21.
The 281 acre farm in South St. Louis County is home to hundreds of animals, including the famous Budweiser Clydesdales. They feature a train ride to the farm, pony and camel rides, paddle boat rides a carousel and much more. Grant’s Farm is open daily except Mondays.
Admission is free for everyone, parking is $15 or you can purchase a $45 season parking pass.
9:00AM – 5:00PM
FRIDAY EXTENDED HOURS
Friday 9:00AM – 10:00PM
Grant’s Farm is hosting Friday Nights at the Farm! Each week enjoy a different themed food menu and beer pairings to go with it for those 21 plus. This includes extended hours through 10pm.
Parking lot closes at 8:30pm
Band starts at 7pm
Deer park stops at 8:30pm
Friday, June 7th
Band: Butch More – Soft Rock
Friday, June 14th
Band: North Bond Tran – Acoustic Classic Rock/ Country
Friday, June 21st
Band: Earthsol – Rock Pop
Friday, June 28th
Band: Dueling Piano
Friday, July 5th
Band: Shotgun Creek – Countr
Friday, July 12th
Band: The Scandaleros – Rock – Soft Rock – Blues
Friday, July 19th
Band: Rocky – Soft Rock – Country – Blues
Friday, July 26th
Band: Dueling Pianos
Friday, August 2nd
Band: Shotgun Creek – Country
Friday, August 9th
Band: Butch More – Soft Rock
Friday, August 16th
Band: Cody and Jess – Country Pop
Friday, August 23rd
Band: Rocky – Soft Rock – Country
Friday, August 30th
Band: Rocky – James Gates Band – 70s Rock
General admission to the Science Center is free. This includes access to more than ten various exhibition spaces. For the general public, there are fees for parking, tickets to shows in the OMNIMAX® Theater and the James S. McDonnell Planetarium. Members of the Science Center receive free and discounted tickets. PLUS you won’t want to miss the Science Center FREE First Fridays Event!
Monday – Saturday 9:30 am – 5:30 pm
Sunday – 11:00 am – 5:30 pm
Tram Ride to the Top:
Getting there is part of the adventure.
Gaze at over 43,000 tons of concrete and steel making an iconic, elegant arc 63 stories high into the Midwest sky. Shaped by the inspired design of Finnish-America architect Eero Saarinen, the Gateway Arch celebrates the westward expansion of the United States and the pioneers who made it possible. Since its completion in 1965, the monument has taken millions of visitors on the trip to the top to enjoy stunning views stretching up to 30 miles to the east and west.
Begin your tour with our new, interactive pre-boarding exhibits featuring 60s era animation and Gateway Arch trivia. Then, be transported 630 feet to the top of America’s tallest man-made monument.
Each tram tour has an anticipated duration of 45-60 minutes. For the best experience, purchase your Tram Ride to the Top tickets before you visit. Start planning your Gateway Arch adventure now.
View pricing HERE.
Trace the story of the Native Americans, explorers, pioneers, and rebels who made America possible. Featuring six themed exhibit areas, this innovative and interactive museum celebrates America’s pioneering spirit.
Riverboats at the Gateway Arch
Enjoy some of the best views of the Gateway Arch and St. Louis’ working riverfront on a riverboat cruise. Whether you’re in the mood for a romantic dinner, a relaxing tour, or a floating party with live music and dancing, we have a cruise to suit your interests.
Landmark in Every Sense of the Word
Walk the halls where ordinary Americans made civil rights history. Built in 1839, the Old Courthouse is a prime example of mid-19th century federal architecture. But it is two landmark cases that secure its place in history.
Beginning in 1847, the enslaved Dred Scott twice sued for his and his wife Harriet’s freedom. But, the U.S. Supreme Court decided against them, ruling that African-Americans were not citizens and had no right to sue. In 1873, St. Louis suffragette Virginia Minor and her husband filed a civil suit arguing for women’s right to vote. Although their suit was denied, they brought great attention to the fight for voting rights for all U.S. citizens.
St. Louis’s children’s museum has free admission for families on the third Friday of the month from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Free family night dates below:
June 21, 2019
July 19, 2019
August 16, 2019
Monday: 9:30 am – 5:30 pm
Tuesday: 9:30 am – 5:30 pm
Wednesday: 9:30 am – 5:30 pm
Thursday: 9:30 am – 5:30 pm
Friday: 9:30 am – 9:00 pm
Saturday: 9:30 am – 5:30 pm
Sunday: 11:00 am – 5:30 pm
Citygarden is a public park filled with fountains, wading pools, sculpture and more. It’s a great free place for kids to play on a hot summer day. Citygarden is located along Market Street between 8th and 10th Streets in downtown St. Louis. It is open daily from sunrise to 10 p.m.
St. Louis Art Museum
The Saint Louis Art Museum collects, presents, interprets, and conserves works of art of the highest quality across time and cultures; educates, inspires discovery, and elevates the human spirit; and preserves a legacy of artistic achievement for the people of St. Louis and the world. View all upcoming events HERE
Tuesday–Sunday, 10:00 am–5:00 pm
Friday, 10:00 am–9:00 pm
Admission to the Museum is free every day.
Admission to featured exhibitions is free on Friday. Limit 6 tickets per person.
St. Louis History Museum
Visit the events calendar HERE
General admission to the Museum is always free.
Hours: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tuesday: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Admission is charged for some special exhibitions.The Missouri History Museum is a member of the Metropolitan Zoological Park and Museum District and receives funding through the Missouri History Museum Subdistrict. The Museum is also generously supported by memberships, gifts, and grants.
The Twilight Tuesday Concert Series is back. View the schedule HERE.
At the Visitor Center, pet lovers of all ages can enjoy:
Baby animal petting area
Animal Barn and Hayloft Play Area
Canine performances of agility, diving dog and flying disc
Visit the events calendar HERE
Admission to the Visitor Center is always free. Parking is free on most days, but there is sometimes a parking fee during special events!
Housed in the 600,000 square-foot former International Shoe Company, the museum is an eclectic mixture of children’s playground, funhouse, surrealistic pavilion, and architectural marvel made out of unique, found objects.
Museum is open 7 days a week.
Mon – Thurs 9am till 5pm
Fri – Sat 9am till Midnight
Sun 11am till 5pm
Eckert’s Farms, family-owned and operated since 1837 by seven generations of Eckerts, is the largest pick-your-own orchard operation in the United States. Starting as a simple roadside stand in 1910, the Eckert family now owns and operates farming, entertainment, and retail entities in Belleville, Grafton and Millstadt, IL. We have grown from simple fruit orchards into family entertainment centers that feature special children’s activities, annual events, festivals and the Eckert’s Country Store and Restaurant.
Restaurant: 7am – 9pm daily
Country Store: 8am – 8pm Sun-Thurs; 8am – 9pm Fri & Sat
Custard Shop: 11am – 9pm daily
Museum of Transportation
The Museum of Transportation, in West St. Louis County, MO, houses what has been recognized as one of the largest and best collections of transportation vehicles in the world.
View the calendar of events HERE
Memorial Day – Labor Day
Monday-Saturday: 9 am – 4 pm
Sunday: 11 am – 4 pm
Adults: $8.00 (13 & older); Children: $5.00 (3-12)
Members: Free (six guests admitted per visit)
View the events calendar HERE
The Garden is a center for botanical research and science education, as well as an oasis in the city of St. Louis. The Garden offers 79 acres of beautiful horticultural display, including a 14-acre Japanese strolling garden, Henry Shaw’s original 1850 estate home, and one of the world’s largest collections of rare and endangered orchids.
Admission is free to the Children’s Garden at the Missouri Botanical Garden on Wednesday evenings from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m during the Whitaker Music Festival. The Children’s Garden is designed to teach kids about nature in a fun way. There’s a tree house, frontier fort, outdoor classroom and more.
Open daily, April–October, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Open late on Wednesdays 5 to 7 p.m., during Whitaker Music Festival
Children’s Garden Admission:
Free: ages 2 & under
Free: ages 13 & up
$3: Garden Members (ages 3–12)
$5: Non-members (ages 3–12)
Open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Last admission at 3:30.
$8 general admission
$5 seniors 65 & over
$5 children 3-12
Free children 2 & under
Free for Missouri Botanical Garden Members.
St. Louis City/County residents enjoy free admission on the first Tuesday of every month from 9 -11 a.m. Proof of residency is required. Due to high attendance, strollers are not permitted on free Tuesdays.
Enjoy Mini Golf, Bumper Boats, Go Karts, Batting Cages and more!
10 am- 10 pm
Friday – Saturday
Whether you’re on the hunt for a 100% private indoor birthday party, a super cool spot to host your next team get together, or just a fun place to bounce on the hugest, most gigantic inflatables around, BounceU is a great place to take the kids.
Locations available in Chesterfield and St. Louis
Monkey Joe’s is another fun place full of inflatables that the kids will love. You can download the app for free admission
Hours of Operation:
Friday & Saturday
Price: $9.99 – $11.99
Sports Fusion Chesterfield
Chesterfield Sports Fusion is a unique indoor family recreation facility. There are fun attractions for people of all ages in an inviting and comfortable atmosphere.
Open daily during the summer.
Open jump lets you fly high! That means full access to all Sky Zone activities, including the Main Court (free jump), the Foam Zone (freestyle jumping into foam), Ultimate Dodgeball, SkySlam, and more! Open jump is available during normal operating hours. All ages are welcome, and a Sky Zone liability waiver is required for each jumper (those under 18 must have their waiver signed by their parent or legal guardian). Locations in Chesterfield and Fenton
EPIC 6 is an exciting indoor sports and recreation facility for the whole family.
Six Flags St. Louis offers everything from pulse-pounding roller coasters to gentler options for tots. Cool off at Hurricane Harbor or take a break at one of their entertaining shows.
Experience the thrill of European go kart racing at Amp Up Action Park. Our professionally designed race track allows you and your friends, family or colleagues to battle it out for who is fastest on four wheels. If you’ve got the need for speed, this kart is for you. It’s the most technologically advanced indoor kart in the world. Learn more.
Requirements: Must be a minimum of 52” tall to participate. Closed-toe shoes are required. No bumping allowed.
THREE-LEVEL LASER TAG
Compete in teams as you move through the massive laser tag arena in a black light, heart-pounding, music-filled adventure. Laser Tag is a great way to boost the adrenaline, build team morale, compete for bragging rights or just blow off a little steam. Private rentals available during non-peak hours.
Requirements: Must be 42” tall to participate. Vest must fit above the knees. We recommend an adult accompany players under 7.
ELEVATED ROPES CHALLENGE
Test your wits and agility with our high ropes course while suspended almost 18 feet above the gaming floor. Perfect for team-building, our ropes course provides a great opportunity for people of all ages to learn about focus, the consequences of taking risks and the satisfaction of reward.
Requirements: Maximum participant weight is 250 lbs. Must be a minimum of 46” tall to participate without a chaperone. Closed-toe shoes are required. No skirts or dresses allowed.
Between true classics like skeeball and air hockey and new games such as Crossy Road and Jurassic Park motion, there’s something for everyone in our arcade area. Test your skills and compete with friends in dozens of virtual and interactive games.
Game cards may be purchased in any increment of $1. Cards do not expire and any remaining value may be redeemed on a future visit.
HUMAN HAMSTER BALLS
Why should hamsters get all the fun? Roll around in an 10-foot inflatable ball and get a new view of the world around you. How do you become a human hamster? Lose the shoes, climb inside and let the good times roll!
Requirements: Maximum participant weight is 180 lbs. Socks are required.
The classic Italian lawn game is fun for all ages. Your goal: roll your balls closer to the white pallino than your opponent. Play as individuals or in teams.y! AND the Kids Eat Free list for ways to save when you’re dining out!
Topgolf – the premier entertainment destination in Chesterfield. And by entertainment destination, we’re talking about a place where you can come for birthday parties, bachelor or bachelorette parties, corporate events, date nights, or just a night out with friends, and everyone will have a great time.
No matter the occasion or who you share it with, we believe that every great time starts with play, is fueled by food and drinks, moved by music and all made possible through community.
Mon – Thurs: 9:00am – 12:00am
Fri: 9:00am – 1:00am
Sat: 8:00am – 1:00am
Sun: 9:00am – 12:00am
Jun 16: 8:00am – 12:00am
If you’ve never heard of Food Truck Friday more than 20 trucks park monthly for one of the best outdoor food events in St. Louis.
Here’s the schedule:
June 7, 2019 – 4-8pm
July 12, 2019 – 4-8pm
August 9, 2019 – 4-8pm
September 6, 2019 – 4-7:30pm
October 4, 2019 – 3-7pm
6/6 Faust Park, Maple Jam Band
6/21 Tilles Park, Steve Ewing Duo
7/18 Tilles Park, Power Play
7/24 Creve Coeur Park, NoCo Incident
8/2 Laumeier Sculpture Park, The Tall Poppies
9/6 Laumeier Sculpture Park, Bonedaddy
9/19 Queeny Park, Fanfare
9/25 Jefferson Barracks, Park Eddie Randle Jr. Trio feat. Matt Gagnepain
North Pointe Family Aquatic Center
Ballwin, MO 63011
Price: $4 resident youths and seniors/$5 adults/$7 non resident youths and adults
Maryland Heights Centre and Aquaport
Price: $16 adult day passes ages 16 and older with resident discount/$10 youth ages 4 to 15/$4 with resident discount/free children 3 and younger
Carondelet Park Rec Complex
Price: $50 annual outdoor pool add on fee for city residents/$5 per child guest/$10 per adult guest
Bridgeton Crossing Aquatic Park
There are slides and a children’s play area, plus plenty of room to swim or just relax in the sun. Opens May 26th
Admission for non-residents is $8 for adults and $6 for children. Resident admission is $5 for adults and $4 for children. Kids three and younger are free.
Bridgeton Crossing is open from noon to 8 p.m.
Raging Rivers in Grafton
The water park sits on the banks of the Mississippi River along the Great River Road. It’s a full scale attraction with a beach, treehouse harbor, endless river, slides, raft rides and more.
Admission is $24.95 for adults and $20.95 for children or save $5 by going after 3 p.m.
Raging Rivers opens daily at 10:30 a.m.
Fenton – Riverchase Recreation Center
625 New Smizer Mill Road • Fenton, MO 63026 • (636) 343-2080
Arnold Recreational Center
Outdoor Pool Hours are Noon-7 pm Monday thru Sunday. The pool opens at 11 am daily for members only. The outdoor pool will switch to Saturdays and Sundays only after Fox School District resumes regular session in the fall (August). In addition, the outdoor pool will close for the season after Labor Day Holiday.
Kirkwood Aquatic Center
NONRESIDENTS (anyone who does not live in Kirkwood, Glendale, or Oakland) – NEW: In addition to entering the pool as a guest of a resident, nonresidents (NR) may purchase a NR ID card or a NR season pass. The NR ID card costs $30 per year per person and will allow the nonresident to pay the NR daily fee of $8. NR season passes cost $120 for youth (4-17), $145 for an adult (18-64), $120 for a senior citizen (65+), and $315 for a family of three (each additional family member costs $30). To obtain a NR ID card, each purchaser 16 and older must present a valid, current Missouri Driver’s License showing current address. Purchases age 15 and younger must be accompanied by a person living at the same address who can present the documents listed above. Everyone 4 and older must have an ID card. Each ID card will be allowed up to four guests per day, with a maximum allowance of 16 guests per family per day. All guests will pay the nonresident guest daily admission fee.
Fountain at Tower Grove Park
The fountain and wading pool at Tower Grove Park is a nice place for kids to cool off in the summer heat. There are dozens of pop-jets for children to play in, as well as a large water bowl in the center of the fountain. During the summer, the fountain and jets are on every day. The wading pool is open Tuesday through Sunday.
Suson Park Animal Farm
Give your kids a look at a real animal farm complete with pigs, horses, cows, chickens and more. The animal farm at Suson Park in St. Louis County is open daily in the summer.
One of the best known of the County’s parks, Tilles is a favored location for picnics.
Park Hours: 8 a.m. to one half hour past official sunset,
except when reservations are issued.
Laumeier Sculpture Park
Laumeier Sculpture Park features 80 sculptures scattered along a well-maintained trail throughout this unusual park. The trail takes you through woodlands as well as manicured fields, and you’ll encounter large sculptures everywhere you go.
Matson Hill Park
In the “Boone Region” of Street Charles County, Matson Hill Park provides a unique opportunity for the outdoor enthusiast who wishes to escape into a heavily forested area. Planned with limited outside development, the park reflects the natural surroundings found in the area during the time of Daniel Boone’s life. Designed for hiking and biking, the undulating terrain offers a challenge to all.
Trail Among the Trees, Rockwoods Reservation –
This hilly loop will take you past a rocky glade, forested uplands and lowlands, through valleys, quarried areas and Bathtub Cave. Arriving at the rocky glade, you’ll find a nice west-facing overlook of the Rockwoods area, which is particularly enjoyable at sunset. The beginning and end of the trail are flat and easy, but the middle section has a few steep grades and some stairs. There are 7 designated hiking trails covering around 13 miles.
The initial loops and field areas are designed for any skill level and the back portion of the park has challenging climbs, creek crossings, and exposed rock and tree roots. In addition, a one-half mile paved surface trail that is open to walking and bicycle traffic only surrounds the fishing lake along Wilson Road. While strolling on one of many trails, make sure to take in the wildflower show occurring late spring through summer, or look for crayfish and tadpoles in the picturesque creek that is accessible at several points along the trail.
River Scene Trail at Castlewood State Park
From the trailhead, you’ll face an intimidating incline, but most of this hike’s elevation gain is in the first third of a mile; the rest is either flat or a descent. At the top of the initial climb you’ll see the first of the dramatic views from the top of the bluffs. Be sure to keep your kids at a safe distance from the edge as there is no railing along the bluffs. However, there are great benches and overlook decks where you can safely enjoy the views. Continue along the trail as it follows the edge of the bluffs to the hiking-only section. About a mile into the hike you’ll start to descend a long set of stairs leading down from the bluffs and into the valley below. After passing through a short tunnel under the railroad tracks, you’ll arrive at the edge of the Meramec River. This section is great for exploring the river’s edge, especially when you get to the large sandy beach. The trail continues past the cul-de-sac at the beach and eventually ends on a park road. Turn to your right and follow the park road back to the trailhead.
Powder Valley Nature Center
Families can take a hike on one of several paved trails that weave through the Powder Valley Nature Conservation Center. There’s also an indoor learning center and special free classes for kids throughout the summer.
Indian Camp Creek Park
ICCP’s prairie lowlands and wooded hillsides offer more than 9 miles of multi-use, natural surface trails for hikers, cyclists and equestrians. The trails are open during daylight hours and the flats along the creek are accessible to most. The back portion of the park has several more challenging climbs, exposed rock or tree roots and ditch crossings.
St. Louis Riverfront Trail
Instead of dense woods and lush wetlands, the St. Louis Riverfront Trail provides an opportunity for riders to experience historic and industrial sections of St. Louis, as well as natural river scenery. Although the trail is a bit longer roundtrip, especially for children, there are plenty of stop-off points and attractions. Among them: The Laclede Power Center, “Reflections on a River” floodwall art mural, Native Plant Nursery, Mary Meachum Freedom Crossing Underground Railroad Site (the first nationally-designated Underground Railroad Site in Missouri), North Riverfront Park and the Old Chain of Rocks Bridge.
Katy Trail—Weldon Springs to Defiance
The Katy Trail features luscious scenery, as well as many options for shorter and longer rides. In particular, this leg from the Weldon Springs trailhead to Defiance is perfect for families because of its length, terrain and attractions. Wildflowers dot the landscape as you roll from town to town. Formerly the MKT rail line, this stretch of Katy Trail meanders through peaceful farmland and small-town Americana.
Constructed on an old railroad right of way, Grant’s Trail (named for Ulysses S. Grant) is a flat, fun and diverse way to enjoy the outdoors. It winds through the woods just like the train tracks used to, but don’t worry—there are no stockcars or tracks in sight. Instead, riders will see a variety of attractions, including the Grant Historic Site and the Sappington House home and museum. Be sure to stop by one of the most famous attractions—the Anheuser-Busch Clydesdale stables and pastures.
Forest Park Biking and Hiking Trail
The Forest Park Biking and Hiking Trail offers riders many fun, interactive stops along the way. There are a dozen attractions located near the park, including access to the St. Louis Art Museum and St. Louis Zoo. If you’d rather keep riding, the trail also features pristine lakes, great wooded areas and striking flower gardens. It’s good for bird-watching, too—more than 200 species have been sighted here.
–Kids Bowl Free: Children whose age does not exceed a limit by a participating bowling center are eligible to register for 2 free games a day, all summer long. Go here to see if a bowling center in your area is participating and to sign up!
Each center has their own rules to participate. In Arnold you have to be 10 or Under in Belleville you have to be 14 or Under. Be sure to check the rules for your participating location.
Bring the family to the nearest Regal theater for the 2019 Summer Movie Express series! Movie ticket deals are just $1 on Tuesdays and Wednesdays featuring summer movies the whole family will enjoy like Shrek, Despicable Me, Kung Fu Panda and many more.
“Summer Movie Express” showings are at 10 a.m. starting June 11 and ending Sep. 4.
Some of the movies included in this summer’s promotion are:
“Kung Fu Panda”
“Puss in Boots”
“Teen Titans Go! To the Movies“
“Despicable Me 3”
“The Lego Movie”
“The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part”
“How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World”
“The Secret Life of Pets”
“Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie”
The schedule varies by location so to find yours… Choose your theatre and then click on the date that you’re looking for. For example Regal Gravois Bluffs is playing Despicable Me and Turbo on June 11th.
The Marcus Theatres KIDS DREAM Summer Film Series is back for 2019! Movies will run on Sunday, Monday and Wednesdays at 10 a.m. from June 16 through August 14th with a $3 admission cost!
The Lego Movie 2 – June 16, 17 and 19
The Lorax – June 23, 24 and 26
A Dog’s Way Home – June 30, July 1 and 3
Smallfoot – July 7, 8 and 10
Hotel Transylvania 3 – July 14, 15 and 17
Despicable Me – July 21, 22 and 24
Wonder Park – July 28, 29 and 31
Dr. Seuss The Grinch – August 4, 5 and 7
How to Train Your Dragon 3 – August 11, 12 and 14
View more information about the series HERE.
Mark your calendars because the Art Hill Film Series is back for 2019! Food trucks, music, and art activities start at 6:00 p.m. Films begin promptly at 9:00 p.m. You are welcome to arrive any time to claim your spot on Art Hill.
The 2018 Schedule includes:
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Visit the Things to Do Page for more fun activities.